This bird is found solitary or gregarious in gardens and forests. They are seen on fruit trees, feeding on insects and worms. They have brown upper parts and white underparts and black crest on head, a red coloured plumage near the ears.Seen getting along with other garden birds like red vented bulbul, Robins, Babblers and Myna. We can hear them chattering in groups while foraging.
Males and female birds look alike, the younger ones will have shorter crests.